How Beginning Filmmakers Can Compete With Hollywood – Chris Gore

Chris Gore, Founder/Owner of FilmThreat/Author/Filmmaker: So as a filmmaker I would say to you use the audience’s imagination, you don’t necessarily have to show everything.

Film Courage: How can indie filmmakers compete with Hollywood?

Chris: The way that indie filmmakers can compete with Hollywood is on the level of ideas because there are ideas that Hollywood is gutless to explore. You will never be able to compete with Hollywood necessarily on a budget standpoint, marketing money. Having said that, there are so many more things at your disposal as an indie filmmaker that you didn’t realize, whether it comes to talent and asking someone who would bring money to a project. Who knows who that actor might be who is maybe sitting around, works three months of the year and the rest of the time is playing Dungeons and Dragons, not a joke. There’s a whole group of Hollywood actors that play Dungeons and Dragons. It might not be a bad thing to learn, but there are more things at your disposal than you would realize. I would say focus on casting, focus on making the film because there’s really no excuse for an indie filmmaker because equipment is so inexpensive. I almost look good with the cameras being used right now and these cameras are not particularly expensive to rent and/or purchase. On that level, make sure that you have that covered but the way indie film competes with Hollywood is with ideas and then what happens is those ideas will be ripped off by Hollywood because that’s how that cycle works. Now that’s fine if they hire the person to do that. Sam Raimi arguably, if you look at the Evil Dead series, the original Evil Dead film, Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn, and the Evil Dead 3, that he’s basically remaking the same movie over and over again with a big budget. I don’t have a problem with that because it’s Sam Raimi doing it, let him do it. That’s great and those movies hold up, they’re really fun. The Evil Dead films with Bruce Campbell which have amazing commentary tracks if you can track them down are very useful films from Sam Raimi’s early career, but where I think indie film competes is ideas. Here’s what you…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).


Chris Gore is a writer, comedian, author and television personality who has built a solid reputation as a hilariously outspoken voice in the entertainment world. As a teenager, Chris founded the brutally honest magazine Film Threat, which began as a fanzine while he was a college student in Detroit. As Film Threat evolved into a respected national magazine, he relocated to Los Angeles. The print magazine was retired in 1997 when it was re-launched as a web site. found a huge audience online and was named one of the top five movie web sites by the Wall Street Journal. Chris has appeared as a film expert on MSNBC, E!, CNN, Travel Channel, and Reelz Channel. Chis has also hosted shows on FX, Starz, IFC and G4TV’s Attack of the Show as the show’s film expert. His weekly movie review segment DVDuesday was among the most popular on G4. Chris is also an author, having written The 50 Greatest Movies Never Made and The Complete DVD Book. His book The Ultimate Film Festival Survival Guide is considered the bible of the industry and is required reading at film school.

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